After making it through a portion of the winter with low case numbers, Agassiz-Harrison ended 2021 with the second-worst spike of COVID-19 to date to close out 2021.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) recorded 31 new cases of COVID-19 in Agassiz-Harrison from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, just short of the record-setting peak of 34 set in mid-September 2021. Prior to the end of the year, Agassiz-Harrison was on a consistent trend of single-digit weeks well below the yearly average, stretching from early November to the third week of December. This brings the final total of COVID-19 cases in 2021 to 432, which is 4.5 times higher than 2020’s final total of 95. From Jan. 2020 to Dec. 2021, 527 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Agassiz-Harrison during the pandemic.
There were an average of 8.3 cases of COVID-19 per week in the local health area for the year.
There are no active exposures in Agassiz-Harrison schools or in SD 78 as a whole. There is an outbreak at Kent Institution involving 55 people – 37 inmates and 18 employees, as of Jan. 6.
Vaccination rates in Agassiz-Harrison are largely unchanged. As of Jan. 3, 24 per cent of children aged 5 to 11 are partially vaccinated in the local health area. 66 per cent of children aged 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated (71 per cent at least partially vaccinated).
82 per cent of Agassiz-Harrison residents aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated (86 per cent at least partially vaccinated). 83 per cent of locals aged 18 and up are fully vaccinated (87 per cent at least partially vaccinated). The 18-49 demographic has hit 75 per cent full vaccination in the local health area; at least 81 per cent of the age group has received at least one dose.
89 per cent of Agassiz-Harrison residents aged 50 and older are fully vaccinated (91 per cent at least partially vaccinated). 75 per cent of people aged 70 and older in the local health area have been fully vaccinated.